Mr Pablo Iacobelli > Carey > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

SANTIAGO, PO 755-0647
Pablo Iacobelli photo

Work Department

Mergers and Acquisitions / Private Equity / Agribusiness / Capital Markets /
Insurance and Reinsurance.


Partner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions Group.


His practice is focused on the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities, agribusiness, insurance and foreign investment.

Recognized in Corporate and M&A, Chambers Latin America.
Recognized in Corporate and M&A, The Legal 500.
Recognized in Corporate and M&A, Latin Lawyer 250.
Lawyer of the Year Award in Insurance, Best Lawyers (2014).
Recognized as Thought Leader in Corporate and M&A, LACCA.
Recognized in Corporate and M&A, Investment; Corporate Governance & Compliance, Insurance and Capital Markets, Best Lawyers.
Recognized in M&A, Who’s Who Legal.
Recognized in Corporate and M&A, IFLR1000.

Author of the Chilean chapter in Fiduciary duties in Latin America: Best practices for Board of Directors in times of coronavirus, Clifford Chance (2020).
Co-author of the IBA Report on the Future of Work, IBA (2019).
Author of numerous legal publications, including the Chilean chapter of Getting the Deal Through – Mergers & Acquisitions (2009-2013).

Frequent lecturer in legal seminars, meetings and conferences both in Chile and abroad.


Spanish and English.


Director of World Services Group (2015-2018).
Officer of the Corporate and M&A Committee, IBA.
Past Chair of the Latin America Regional Forum, IBA.
Member of the International Bar Association (IBA).
Member of the Chilean Bar Association.
Foreign Associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York (1998).


Law, Universidad Católica de Chile.
LL.M., Duke University (1994).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Pablo IacobelliCarey

Market leviathan Carey fields an impressive, 67-strong department that is a leader in structuring M&A deals. The practice advises a wide range of clients, such as multinationals, funds and foreign companies investing for the first time in Chile, along with local and Latin American companies expanding their businesses in Chile and across the region. In reportedly the largest M&A operation in Chile in 2019, Francisco Ugarte was part of a team that advised State Grid International Development on a purchase agreement for the acquisition of Sempra Energy’s stake in Chilquinta Energía (and its electric transmission and distribution subsidiaries) and Tecnored, as well as Chilquinta’s 50% stake in Eletrans companies. The long list of other highly experienced partners includes senior figure and chairman Jorge Carey, managing partner Jaime Carey, Jorge UgartePablo Iacobelli and Salvador Valdés. Also critical to the group are Marcos RíosGuillermo AcuñaCristián Eyzaguirre and Claudio Lizana, along with Francisco GuzmánCristián Figuero and the recently promoted Patricia Silberman; between them the dozen partners cover all aspects of corporate, transactional and company law. From among a strong second tier, senior associate Alejandra Daroch is also noted.

Chile > Insurance

The 17-strong department at full-service, heavyweight Carey advises large international insurance companies and broker operations on complex, high-profile contentious and non-contentious insurance and reinsurance matters, including regulatory matters and corporate insurance. Recent highlights include advising BNP Paribas Cardif’s Chilean entities on a 15-year regional bancassurance alliance with Scotiabank for the development of bancassurance and distribution of innovative solutions to Scotiabank customers in Chile. Highly rated for regulatory issues and insurance litigation, Matías Vergara and Marcos Ríos, who focuses on insurance-related corporate and M&A matters, co-lead the insurance and reinsurance practice; while Pablo Iacobelli is a longstanding, go-to counsel for MetLife Chile and MetLife USA, in relation to their Chilean matters. Former chief counsel of MAPFRE Group surety insurance-company, Solunion SGC, Jorge Soto is a key associate.